Kerala MBBS, BDS: Submit your options wisely, last date Saturday

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The state rank list of those who are eligible for admission to the medical courses in Kerala, based on the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (UG) ranking, has been published. The government, private/ self-financing medical and dental colleges would be included in this stage of the admission process.

Candidates may click on the link KEAM–2022–RANK LIST on the website

Based on the rank list, the candidates could submit options for the MBBS and BDS courses by clicking on the KEAM–2022 link on the same website until 4 pm on 22 October.

The first five ranks in Kerala stood 47, 79, 88, 97 and 112 nationally.

The provisional allotment would be published on 24 October and the final allotment would be out on 26 October.

State quota norms applicable
The professional college reservation criteria in Kerala would be applicable. The state merit is 50%, while 10% seats have been allotted for Economically Weaker Sections. Other quotas are: 9% seats for Ezhava, 8% for Muslim, 3% for other Hindu backward communities, 3% for Latin Catholic/ Anglo Indian, 2% for Dheevara, 2% for Vishwakarma and 1% for Kushava. Meanwhile, other backward Christians would have 1% reserved seats. Kudumbi too would have 1% reservation while there is 8% for Scheduled Caste and 2% for Scheduled Tribe communities.

Special reservation status
Two colleges in Kerala that enjoy special reservation status are:

1) Palakkad Government Medical College has 70% seats reserved for Scheduled Caste and 2% seats reserved for Scheduled Tribe communities; the general merit here is 13% and the All–India Quota is 15%.

2) Government Medical College, Parippally, Kollam, has 50% state quota seats, 35% ESI quota (the allotment to these seats are not done by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations, Kerala) and 15% All–India quota seats.

Minority and NRI seats
The options for the minority and NRI seats in the self-financing medical and dental colleges should be submitted within 4 pm on 22 October (Refer to the list of such colleges before submitting the options). Only those who are included in the NRI category list published by the Commissioner of Entrance Exam would be considered for these seats.

Candidates included in the ‘Non Keralites 2’ list would be considered only if there aren’t any candidates in the ‘Keralites’ and ‘Non Keralites 1’ lists (Refer clause six of the prospectus for the details).

All those who are included in the state medical rank list, irrespective of the native place, can submit options to the 15% All–India quota in the self-financing private colleges.

General Information
The complete list of the colleges, including the courses and the fees, are available in the prospectus. Try to read and understand clause 11 (pages 68 – 79) in the prospectus before submitting options.

The options could be changed or edited any number of times until 4 pm on 22 October. However, after this, the options cannot be changed, unless new colleges or seats aren’t added. So, it is wiser to submit options only to the seats that you are sure about. Those who do not join the colleges within the stipulated time wouldn’t get another chance for admission.

The candidates whose results have been shown as with held in the rank list too can submit options. They would be considered for allotment if they rectify the mistakes and upload the documents within 3 pm on October 21. (Help line: 0471 2525300.)

How to choose option
An option is a combination of a course and a college. This should be done carefully by considering one’s own rank and admission prospects. The candidates could choose the options from various colleges that suit them, and submit them in the order of preference. Make sure that the parents too should be part of the process as fees is an important factor in this stage.

If the candidate gets a higher option, they cannot apply for transfer to a lower option after that, even if there are vacant seats. So, it is better to avoid situations where the candidate lands in a spot when he/she cannot change the option after getting admitted to a seat that has high fees.

Read and understand the guidelines carefully before submitting the options and proceeding with the admission process.

Tuition fee
The tuition fee at the state government-owned medical colleges is Rs 22,050. The fee rates may differ at various self-financing private medical colleges. The tuition fee at these colleges is around Rs 7 lakh. Meanwhile, it would go up to Rs 20 lakh for NRI students in the private colleges.

The fee at the government dental college is Rs 19,850. Meanwhile, it is Rs 3,30,940 for the general seats (85%) and Rs 6 lakh for NRI seats (15%) at the self-financing private dental colleges. These fee rates could change due to court orders.

Those who get allotment at self-financing medical/dental colleges should pay Rs 1 lakh as token fee in the name of the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations. The rest of the amount should be paid at the respective colleges. However, those who get NRI allotments at the self-financing private colleges should pay Rs 5 lakh in the Commissioner’s name.

Meanwhile, those who get allotment to government medical/dental colleges should pay the entire tuition fee in the name of the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations.

Candidates from Scheduled Castes/Tribe, Other Eligible Communities, residents of Sree Chitra/ Juvenile and Nirbhaya homes, wards of fishermen and those who are eligible for OEC reservations should pay Rs 1,000 as token fee. But, in case, they are allotted seats in the minority/ NRI quota at self-financing private colleges, then they should pay the regular token fee. Besides, they wouldn’t get any fee relaxation either.

The amount that is shown in the allotment memo could be paid in the name of the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations from 28 October until 3 pm on 4 November. This could be paid online or at any head post office in Kerala. Only those who pay the fee can join the respective colleges.  

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